Adidas' Ultra Boost is one of the best sneakers on the market.
Since Kanye West's performed in an entirely white pair of the sneakers at the Billboard Music Awards back in 2015, the Ultra Boost has blurred the line between fashion and performance sneaker more than few others. It's understated silhouette, simple colorways and woven Primeknit upper makes it the most stylish performance running sneaker made in recent memory (especially when worn with track pants). Most importantly, of the dozens of pairs of shoes I've worn in the past couple years, the Ultra Boost is decidedly the most comfortable. The full length Boost foam-lined sole kinda looks like you're walking on styrofoam. It feels like you're walking on memory foam.
But the original low top iteration of the Adidas X 15.3 Fg/Ag Boys Grade School Black/Shock Pink/Solar Gold Soccer Shoes V26417 retails at a hefty $180, in the upper price echelons of performance running shoes and certainly closer to luxury sneaker pricing than casual. Now, how would you feel if you added on an ankle sock and $40 to the price tag?
Well, Adidas did just that with the Comutor 12 Hour Panel Backpack CP27, released back in September of this year. Billed as a fall and winter weather-variant of the Ultra Boost, the ATR sports an ankle-height sock for increased stability and splash protection, plus a deeper-grooved rubber outsole for better traction while running in wet weather. The original's plastic lace cage is replaced with Primeknit fabric, plus a smaller box that sits atop the shoe. Finally, the ATR comes in darker colorways Sneaky Cleaning Kit CP354,Nike Air Max Sequent Boys Grade School Black/Metallic Cool Grey/University Red/White Running Shoes VCreative Recreation Infant Kaplan Holographic Suede Trainer CP505, as to not show winter muck after a damp run. Adidas sent me a pair to review, so I took them not only to the damp streets of Portland, but to the streets of New York.
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The original Ultra Boost is an extremely popular fashion sneaker, and new colorways are regularly sold out online and in store (check Portland's Nike Flex Experience 4 Boys Grade School Black/Metallic Silver/Blue Lagoon/White Running Shoes V2234 for rare pairs!). The ATR keeps the original's subdued aesthetics, but the midtop construction adds a new design element which I think makes the sneaker well-suited for styling with jeans as well as athleticwear Glorious Gangsta Sauer Mid Wash Denim Jean CP849,Women's Training Shoe Nike Lunar Sculpt 818062-004adidas Originals Sport Essentials Hooded Top CP946,.
As for the on-foot feel, the ATR is comfortable, but not quite as comfortable as the original Ultra Boost. Though the ATR's tougher sole provides better traction than the original it leads to an on-foot feeling that isn't quite as heavenly.
Further, the shoe feels slightly tighter-fitting and more socklike than the original. The ankle sock doesn't overheat the foot, but when tied tight, the tops of my feet develop a pinchy feeling after a few hours that doesn't Creative Recreation Wilmington Lounge Hooded Top CP1013,Nike Roshe One Boys Grade School White/White/Wolf Grey Running Shoes V96403Luke 1977 Browser Zip Hooded Top CP1099, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.
As far as long-term wear goes, I took my ATRs to the streets of New York on a recent trip to test them out. They held up nicely during what I'd consider an everyday amount of activity (~2-3 miles of walking broken up with extended sitting breaks), my feet not getting particularly sore despite a long stroll through Nike Huarache Run Boys Grade School Black/White Running Shoes V30953. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Publish The Mason Hooded Top CP1142,Nike Free 5.0 2015 Boys Grade School Game Royal/Neo Turquoise/Light Retro/Black Running Shoes V55021Brave Soul MJK Armour Parka Jacket CP1256,, my dogs were certainly barkin' when I returned home. Though I don't consider those days representative of normal use, the ATR, despite above-average comfort, is not a miracle worker.
Now, what about actually running in my running shoes? I'm not a hardcore or regular runner: My cardiovascular health is slightly above average at best, but I can put away 5 kilometers without trouble, and I did just that on the treadmill and on Portland's waterfront.
On the treadmill, the ATR provided a solid, comfortable ride. Perhaps it is because running on a treadmill is excruciatingly boring, but I found myself paying more attention to my body during this run, and I noted that the ankle sock kept my feet feeling more secured than with my normal low top running shoe Nike Free Run Boys Grade School Photo Blue/Black/Total Orange/White Running Shoes V68151.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Converse AMW Hooded Jacket CP1314,Nike Cortez Girls Grade School Black/Vivid Pink/White Running Shoes V29470Franklin & Marshall Quilted Down Jacket CP1379,, partially down the Eastbank Esplanade and back on a damp day. It wasn't raining, but it had rained plenty earlier, and the path was slick and covered with fallen leaves.
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Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Nike Tech Fleece Suit CP3621,Nike Lunarglide 7 Girls Grade School Black/White/Pink Pow/Metallic Silver Running Shoes V35489adidas Originals Adi Sun Flip Flop CP3815, nabs you a stylish, high-performing variant on a cool sneaker that'll help you push through Portland's blusteriest winter days. Yet, if you aren't committed to winter running, $220 is a high price to pay for a sneaker that mostly just looks cool. Clae Ellington Leather Shoe CP3881,Nike Roshe One Girls Grade School Wolf Grey/Hyper Pink/Cool Grey/White Running Shoes V98675adidas Originals ZX Flux Trainer CP3971, As someone who gets my cardio in elsewhere, I wouldn't personally spend the $220 on a performance shoe which I am not using for its intended purpose.
Then again, I will be taking my next few runs to the streets in my ATRs as long as it isn't raining sideways.
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